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Is it allowed to pay the khums to a charity for palestinaian and syrian kids?

Q:

If one didn’t find a just Imam or marja taqlid and a poor sayyed, is it allowed to pay the khums to a charity for palestinaian and syrian kids.
In the case some one is shia but doesn’t trust any of the maraja taqlid to pay khums, what should she do?

A:

Assalamu Alaykum
Thank you for your Question

Khums is distributed in the following manner:

https://www.sistani.org/english/book/48/2277/

It is only permissible to give part of your Khums to “sayyid orphans”
Hence, if you can find specific people in Syria then yes you Can certainly allocate part of the funds there called “sahme sadat”
I’m not sure if you find “twelver orphans” in Palestine. But if you do, Sahme sadat can certainly be allocated there as well. Aside from this, a person can always send charity to all Muslims around the globe.

However “sahme Imam” cannot be distributed by oneself. It is a portion that belongs to the Imam Himself and during his occultation, it is the Maraje that distribute this amount.

Dear Questioner, no where in the rulings for Khums is there a caption that says ‘trust’ is a condition for you to pay Khums to a Marja. The job of a “mukalif” (a person who has on obligation on him/hersel) is to pay Khums. And is directed to distribute it as mentioned above. Hence, once your job is done, the responsibility is then transferred to the next level who is the Marja himself.

To further elaborate, The fact that, a person has spent more than 2/3 of his life understanding deen, and is ready to take the responsibility for which he is accountable for, is fair enough to see his responsibility and also the challenge that he is putting himself into. Besides that, your doubt would have been so at place if our Marajis were living a “life of the rich” Whereas we see the complete opposite.

Hence, we should do what is needed out of us and leave the rest to the person in the next level.

Out of your question, I’m unable to see what your issue really is with Marja Taqlid to specifically clear your doubt, but I’d like to mention that:
In your situation at the moment, you have an obligation at your hand and you’re not parting with it in the right way. This will remain on your shoulders until you do it as it is demanded out of you. The obligation will never fall off until you disburse the funds as required.
Another person (A Marja), who is eligible to do so, is receiving this money and taking up the responsibility, hence, you are no further accountable for it.
What is in your best interest?

Having said that, your best bet would be to reach the funds to the real needy sadat who also, fyi, refer to the Marajis for help and assistance. In that case you have channeled your Khums in the right way.

I will humbly ask you to speak to a scholar regarding Taqlid or pen down all your doubts and questions on Marajis and send them to us to be able to help you answer those and ease you from your difficulty you are going through to locate needy sadat and disbursement of the ‘Sahme Imam’

Hope this was useful,
Ragards,
N.S.Jaffery